A recent change in pretrial guidelines may have defendants sitting behind bars for a longer period of time.
Under the new guideline, which was announced last week, pretrial officers will have 24 hours to interview defendants, rather than a 12-hour limit that has been in place since 1976.
When asked for a comment, Jessica Downs, pretrial supervisor for Nelson, Hart and LaRue counties, directed it to the state’s pretrial department in the Administrative Office of the Courts, who couldn’t be reached by press time.
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